Are you struggling with pain in your upper back? Poor body mechanics usually causes upper back pain, poor posture, being overweight, smoking, or a sports injury. Your body must have been thrown out of alignment because of several hours spent slumping on the couch or working on your computer screen.
Applying a cold compress, taking over-the-counter pain medication, improving your posture, and doing some stretches for upper back pain could help fix this problem.
Things You Need to Do to Fix Upper Back Pain
Apply a Cold Compress
Place a handful of ice inside a plastic bag and wrap it in a towel and apply it to the affected area. Be careful not to use it directly on your skin to avoid causing damage to your nerves and tissues. Do this several times a day for short periods.
If you don’t have ice, you may use other cold items such as a soda can that just came right out of the vending machine. In case you’re not aware, cold therapy reduces pain and inflammation by slowing down the flow of blood to the area.
Take Over-the-Counter Medication
You may take over-the-counter pain medication as long as you can tolerate nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory meds. Be sure to read through the package directions before you take them.
Mind Your Posture
As much as possible, try to maintain a healthy posture while you’re walking. If you’re not used to minding your posture, you can imagine yourself being suspended by a line that connects the middle part of your chest to the sky.
Do Some Stretches for Upper Back Pain
One of the best things you can do is to do some stretches for upper back pain with a certified and experienced stretch practitioner at Stretch Zone. You can book your free 30-minute stretch now.